Korea May Restrict Minors From Gaming Over Three Hours

Posted Mon Jan 30, 2012 at 08:30 AM PST by Dick Ward

The policy would ban accounts that played over three hours a day or two hours consecutively.

South Korea is pretty intense when it comes to restricting how long and when videogames are played by minors. There are already measures in place that stop kids from logging in to MMOs after hours, but things might go even further.

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology is considering a new law that would stop kids from playing more than two hours consecutively or a total of three hours a day. The idea is that cutting down the amount of time that kids have to play games will prevent them from becoming addicted. Of course, this raises the ire of folks that contend that theories on game addiction have no scientific basis.

There are already two measures in place from different segments of Korea's government , which one game industry representative says is redundant. Well, plenty probably say it, but this one was quoted. "Making similar policies from three different ministries does not make any sense at all," the rep says. "The two shutdown systems... should be repealed if MEST's regulation is reasonable."

Source: Gamasutra

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